Yesterday saw an enthusiastic group of National Park volunteers removing about a thousand (?) tree shelters and stakes from one area on the cluster. The old shelters and plastic ties will be recycled by Tubex, who originally manufactured them.
Plantlife are running a cowslip survey to determine the quality of the grassland where they are found. Apparently there are two sorts (morphs) of cowslips and a roughly equal number of both signify healthy grassland.
It’s a very easy survey to do with full instructions provided and you record your results on the associated app for which they supply the simple instruction for how to get it downloaded and working.
We will be doing surveys on The Cluster very soon.
It’s May the 8th. We have seen snow today. April was the coldest one for 99 years, it was also very dry. We have had a lot of dry springs recently. Very few swallows have arrived back here. No house martins noted and no swifts. The pattern is similar throughout the country.